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Plus, bizarrely, 25,000 of "unclaimed" grants from previous years. Months later it came to light that Manchester Pride had moved its accounting date back three months from 30 September 2016 to 31 December.
Needless to say this wasn't mentioned in the publicity or "news" articles.
It was cruel -- it excluded LGBT people from the gay streets of Manchester and their usual local pubs (some of which were happy to allow them in) during a "pride" if they didn't buy a costly ticket.
This was known just before the event in August 2014 thanks to letters from the Department For Transport.
Elsewhere, unpaid campaigners are doing most of the work researching and recently more history has come to light of pride events as early as 1985.But, despite that, officers of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) stood by and watched the pavements and access being blocked by Pride's private security guards.